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Machine Embroidery Placement Tools

Updated April 17, 2017

Guesswork is often part of embroidery placement, causing errors as well as ruined project materials. Using machine embroidery placement tools eliminates reworking the embroidery by providing accuracy. This is especially important when duplicating embroidery on items, such as napkins and towels, or monogramming garment details like cuffs.

Placement Templates for Wearables

Crafters creating embroidery for garments or baby accessories, such as bibs and burp cloths, will benefit from using placement templates. These see-through guides, designed for specific garment details, are positioned over the area to embroider. Graph lines on the templates indicate the exact measurement position for the embroidery prior to setting up your work. For instance, the shirt template offers a neckline seam and two separate dimensions for women's as well as men's chest pocket positions. Shirt-cuff templates have cuff edge lines as well as buttonhole placement guides. Monogramming templates include right-angled and bottom embroidery guide lines, as well as measurements.

Placement Templates for Linens

Personalise linens with accurately set, identical embroidery with linen placement templates. Bath and hand towels, with and without borders, have separate translucent grids with specific sizing lines. The angle indicator has a perpendicular grid line along with a bottom-edge embroidery line for perfect placement each time. Pillowcases and sheets with embroidery design within or above the finishing band have grid line templates as well. Corner embroideries for projects, such as a baby's receiving blanket, have three separate corner guide lines to set the design with precision. Removable target stickers are placed directly onto the fabric for embroidery starting points. The stickers are peeled away without causing damage to the textile surface.

Angle Finders and Flexible Centering Rulers

Re-hooping fabric to rotate the embroidery in specific points is cumbersome. An angle finder locates the specific angle of the design, giving you accurate rotation degrees. This information is fed into the embroidery software program and the machine does the rest. This invaluable tool will prevent added stretching to the project fabric created from rehooping the embroidery to shift it into a new position. Flexible centring mini rulers fit into small 4-inch hoops. These bendable rulers give you inch and millimetre grid lines, allowing you to measure starting points within already-hooped projects.

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About the Author

Mercedes Valladares is the founder of M721Organics and has been an independent designer for over 15 years. Her work experience commenced during college with manufacturers based in New York and Hong Kong. Her education includes LIM College, International Fine Arts College and design certification from the Paris Fashion Institute. She produces eco-crafting videos and writes recycling articles online.